Saturday, May 15, 2021

Great white shark dies in Japanese aquarium


A great white shark that had been inadvertently caught in a fishing net off southwestern Japan last week died in an aquarium barely three days afterwards.

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium said in a statement that it had begun displaying the 3.5-meter/11.5-foot shark in a tank on January 5th, but its health deteriorated and by the 8th the predator was dead.

The Associated Press reported that the shark had rebuffed any efforts to feed it since its accidental capture.

Great whites are ridiculously difficult to keep alive in aquariums as they need to keep swimming to be able to breathe.

Jason Baker, the vice president of international campaigns for the Asian branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told AP:

“The cause of death is clear: captivity. The shark never had to die like this.”

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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